Orthotic Use in the Management of Epicondylitis: What is the Evidence?
Management of lateral epicondylitis remains a controversial topic. Use of immobilization for treatment and symptom control is not a new concept. Morris described the primary etiology and symptoms of “tennis elbow” in 1882. He also recognized the importance of immobilizing the arm. Splinting remains a key component of most treatment protocols. Literature on the efficacy of orthotic use alone is difficult to analyze because studies rarely investigate an isolated treatment modality but rather the efficacy of a comprehensive treatment program. With multiple treatment variables to consider, a precise determination of a particular modality is difficult. Therefore, current recommendations for splint use are predominantly based on traditional beliefs and anecdotal experience.
KeywordsCounterforce splint Wrist splint Orthosis